Calloway County Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy
MAY 14 -- (Paducah, KY) - Glen F. Rizzie a/k/a Steven J. Jackson, age 54, of 1480 Lancaster Road, Murray, Kentucky in Calloway County, pled guilty to conspiracy, and aiding and abetting the manufacture of marijuana plants U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Rizzie has a prior conviction for growing marijuana.
On March 21, 2006, after receiving a tip about a marijuana grow operation, officers of the Kentucky State Police identified a marijuana grow operation in Calloway County consisting of 228 marijuana plants. A path led from the marijuana grow site to the property of Defendant Glen Rizzie, Jr. During his change of plea, Rizzie admitted that the plants belonged to him and were grown and cultivated by himself and co-defendant David Taylor who had agreed with Rizzie to grow marijuana at the site. In addition to conspiring with, Rizzie was also aided and abetted by Taylor who would drive him to Wal-Mart to obtain materials used for plant cultivation. Laboratory tests confirmed the plants were in fact marijuana. Co-defendant Taylor pleaded guilty on March 14, 2007 and was sentenced on January 25, 2008 to three years imprisonment to be followed by 4 years supervised release following incarceration.
U.S. Attorney Huber praised the investigation by the Kentucky State Police. He noted that the “Trooper found a plastic top for a Wal-Mart brand lemon pepper chicken along the path. The trooper used this plastic top to recover video surveillance information from Wal-Mart, including video of the defendants purchasing items that were recovered at the site of the marijuana grow operation.”
Rizzie faces combined maximum potential penalties of eighty years imprisonment, and a $4,000,000 fine, and minimum potential penalties of 5 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 4 years.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele Thielhorn, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Kentucky State Police.
The plea was entered before Thomas Russell, Judge, United States District Court, Paducah, Kentucky.
Rizzie is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Russell on August 14, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in Paducah, Kentucky.